Psalm 108: 7-9: “’I will exult, I will portion out Shechem, and measure out the valley of Succoth. Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine, Ephraim also is the helmet of My head; Judah is My scepter. Moab is My washbowl; over Edom I shall throw My shoe; Over Philistia I will shout aloud.’” Shechem, Succoth, Gilead, Manasseh, Ephriam, Judah – all cities and tribes in Israel. We expect the Lord to claim them. But Moab? Edom? Philistia, for goodness sake? These are His histori
Matthew 20: 30: “And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, ‘Lord have mercy on us, Son of David!” We all know the story of Blind Bartimaeus, the beggar from Jericho whom Jesus healed as recorded by Mark and Luke. But now, from the pen of Matthew, the rest of the story: Blind Bart had a silent partner! With Jesus you always get more than you expect: you get the rest of the story!
Romans 5: 2b, 3: “We exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, we also exult in our tribulations.” Sure, anyone can exult in the hope of glory, which, as Colossians tells us, is Christ in us (Colossians 1: 27). You’d be crazy not to exalt in that, but the rest of the story is that we also exult in our troubles, knowing that God uses them to develop His character in us. Good times, bad times, we exult in all times. We exult in the rest of the story!
Numbers 16: 46: “Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone forth from the Lord, the plague has begun!’” The rebellion of Korah is over; the earth has swallowed up Korah, Abiram, and Dathan, and fire from heaven has consumed the two hundred fifty co-conspirators. Behold, an angry God! End of story. No, when all the people blame Moses for the carnage cau
Matthew 19: 30: “But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.” After Peter spoke what’s in everyone’s heart (What’s in it for us?) Jesus answers, “More than you could imagine!” But He then adds this parable about laborers who are also overconcerned about getting their deserved rewards, and concludes it with the same thought: better last than first (Matthew 20: 16). Who is last, other than he who puts himself first; and who is first, but the one whom the Lord exa